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The Assassination of Fred Hampton


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Jeffrey Haas is an attorney and cofounder of the People's Law Office, whose clients included the Black Panthers, Students for a Democratic Society, community activists, and a large number of those opposed to the Vietnam War. He has handled cases involving prisoners' rights, Puerto Rican nationalists, protestors opposed to human rights violations in Central America, police torture, and the wrongfully accused. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


"An extraordinary retelling of a shameful chapter in our history. . . . [The book] reveals just how easily justice can be thwarted and malicious aims diguised when powerful people conspire to violate the law (commit murder) and manipulate procedural to avoid responsibility for their crimes. . . . [A] cautionary tale, as well as a story of heroism." --Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
"Required political reading, especially for conservatives who are genuinely concerned about the damage secret government can do." --Chicago Daily Observer

"[A] political cliff-hanger . . . The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police murdered a Black Panther is an expos [that] should be read in schools across the country." --Huffington Post

"An extremely important book--and a tale well told--for America to read ifit wants to become what it says it has always been--the land of the free and thehome of the brave." --Ramsey Clark, former United States Attorney General
"A true crime story and legal thriller, this powerful account puts together all the pieces, step by step, giving us the anatomy of a despicable episode in recent American history. The writing is clear and straightforward; the overall impact devastating." --Phillip Lopate, author of Getting Personal
"At once journalist, lawyer and storyteller, Jeff Haas manages to sear into everypage of this book a compassion seemingly forgotten, providing a rivetingeyewitness account of the government assassination of Fred Hampton. This ismandatory reading for those who love and believe in freedom." --Elaine Brown, author and former chairman of the Black Panther Party
"Part history, part courtroom drama, part literary memoir, Haas evokes withchilling precision a bloody and desperate repressive state apparatus locked inconflict with its greatest fear, a charismatic young black man with revolution onhis mind." --William Ayers, professor of education, University of Illinois at Chicago
"A must-read." --Len Weinglass, lawyer and civil rights activist

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